Muscle Spasms Treatment
What Causes Muscle Spasms?
Muscle spasms present as tightness in the muscles and may include pain, which often transpires shortly after an occurs injury. It’s important to understand the importance of early treatment, since delaying treatment increases the development of painful muscle knots, typically forming around two weeks after the initial injury.
Muscle spasms stem from from inflammation that occurs when a muscle is over-stretched or torn. It starts as a muscle strain and can ultimately lead to severe low back pain. Many people visit the emergency room every year because of a muscle strain. In fact, most episodes of acute lower back pain are caused by damage to the muscles and/or ligaments in the low back.
Muscle strains are also known as a pulled muscle. When the muscles in the lower back are strained or torn, the area around the muscles become inflamed. With inflammation, the muscles can spasm, leading to severe low back pain and difficulty moving. Lower back pain from a muscle strain transpires frequently after lifting a heavy object, lifting while twisting, or a sudden movement or fall. The pain is usually localized, meaning it doesn’t spread to the leg. The area may be sore to the touch and the patient often feels better when resting.
Fortunately, muscle strains usually heal with time, generally in a couple of days or weeks. Muscles in the lower back possess a good blood supply to bring the necessary nutrients and proteins for healing to take place.
Chiropractic Approach to Muscle Spasms
Individuals experiencing muscle spasm, trigger points, neuromuscular pain and problems, Fibromyalgia and similar symptoms are seeking Chiropractor Care in droves because they are getting results. Over the course of one study 5 men and 18 women, aged 11 to 76 with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, trigger point pain and Fibromyalgia, who had been suffering from 2 to 35 years began Chiropractic Care. After a series of spinal adjustments, every patient was able to resume normal activities including full time work and maintained their improvements one year later upon a follow-up visit. The authors of the study write:
“Improvement in symptoms of 92-100% was achieved in both these syndromes”
In another study, 45.9% of those with trigger points, muscle pain and Fibromyalgia experienced moderate to great improvement under Chiropractic Care while anti-depressant medication benefited 36.3% and exercise helped 31.8%. In another study, 60% of patients had at least a 50% reduction in pain symptoms with Chiropractic. Similar results were found with those suffering from Fibromyalgia with tender trigger points, numbness, tingling and pain.
Chiropractic Treatment for Muscle Spasms in Delaware
If you suffer from muscle spasms, you know that they can be at the very least annoying and severe ones can be extremely painful. Muscle spasms are involuntary muscle contractions that make your muscle shorten. When a muscle spasm occurs, you will feel tightness or a cramping sensation. Muscle spasms can happen all over your body but are most common in the neck, legs (hamstrings, quadriceps), arms and back.
If you are experiencing a low intensity cramping in the muscle, twitching, or a tick in the muscle, it could be a muscle spasm. Other common symptoms include severe pain in the muscle, tightening of the muscle, and a sudden sharp, unpleasant sensation in the muscle or even muscle fatigue.
There are a variety of causes that can lead to muscle spasms. One of the most common is prolonged or excessive exercise. When you exercise too often or for very long periods of time, your muscles do not have an opportunity to relax and as a result, muscle spasms can occur. Muscle spasms can also occur from dehydration, an injury or some type of trauma to the muscle. Muscle spasms can also be symptoms of neuromuscular diseases like Multiple Sclerosis or MS.
Joint Manipulation is the most common treatment that Chiropractors utilize. Most often they manipulate your spine, but they can also manipulate joints in other areas. Manipulation enables your spine and joints to restore normal motion, which in turn leads to reduced pain and a decrease in muscle spasms.
Soft Tissue Manipulation
Soft Tissue Manipulation is another popular technique used when treating muscle spasms. Treatment can include therapeutic stretching and massage therapy. These types of treatments help to reduce fluid, decrease scar tissue and deliver much-needed relief for muscle spasms.
The Chiropractor may also use related therapies to treat of muscle spasms. This might include hot and cold treatments, electrical stimulation of the affected muscle or ultrasound. These therapies help greatly to increase circulation to the muscles and also prevent swelling of the muscle and scarring. Related therapies typically reduce pain and are a means for prevention of further injury and injury recurrences. Ultimately, the goal is to decrease the muscle spasms.
Chiropractors will also suggest some strength training exercises and stretching moves for you to do in between visits. It is extremely important to complete the exercises on a regular basis to compliment the treatments and help facilitate faster healing.
Back Pain Relief Center in Delaware
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander Bohatiuk, at Bear Chiropractic Center, so you can get relief from debilitating muscle spasms.